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Brown Bag Series: Subsistence and Settlement on Tampa Bay: 2014 Excavations at Weeden Island and Ritual and Rock Art in the Desert: Excavations in Katjarra, Australia

Thursday, September 11, 2014
12:00 AM
Room 2009 Ruthven Museums Building

Subsistence and Settlement on Tampa Bay: 2014 Excavations at Weeden Island by Christina Sampson.

The Weeden Island site, located on Tampa Bay in Florida, has a settlement history that includes Archaic through early Mississippian period occupations. One of the major questions related to late Woodland period use of the site is how the people of this area related to and participated in traditions originating farther north in Florida, particularly new forms of mortuary ceremony and the attendant material culture. Issues of interaction and community organization continue to be relevant into the early Mississippian period, in the context of political reorganization throughout the region. In this talk I will discuss my recent fieldwork at the site and present preliminary results and future directions.

 

Ritual and Rock Art in the Desert: Excavations in Katjarra, Australia by Bree Doering.

This talk shares the results of recent fieldwork conducted with the University of Western Australia in the Little Sandy Desert at two rock shelters, Serpent’s Glen and Bella Vista. These rock shelters show evidence of occupation in multiple phases throughout the past 23,000 years and reflect complex networking strategies of Australian hunter gatherers both in the recent and more distant past.

Speaker:
Christina Sampson and Bree Doering